CHIPLEY - A Chipley man has been arrested for the attempted burglary of an occupied dwelling following multiple trespassing complaints from the area’s residents.

Around 1 p.m. on November 12, a Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy, was actively working a trespassing call in the area of Pleas Circle and Bahoma Road. The deputy was approached by a complainant who reported a male subject was in the process of trying to enter his father-in-law’s home.

As deputies responded to the residence located on Bahoma Road, a male subject, fitting the description provided was seen exiting the wood line.

Deputies were immediately able to identify the man as Dustin Durrance, 37, of Chipley, who was also the suspect involved in the trespassing case earlier in the day.

Durrance was arrested and charged with attempted burglary of an occupied dwelling and trespassing.

“The community involvement played a critical role in making an arrest in this case,” said Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews. “I cannot stress, enough, the importance of reporting any suspicious activity you may witness.”

Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews urges anyone with knowledge of crimes being committed to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 850-638-6111. Tips may also be reported anonymously by calling 850-638-TIPS (8477) or by emailing tips@wcso.us.